Officers and Directors

Vance Harrelson
President
I have been riding some sort of motorized two wheel vehicle since the age of nine. My wife Mari and I enjoy attending rides and events along with the great fellowship they provide. I enjoy sport touring and long distance riding as well as getting dirty with dual sport and off road riding. I welcome you to our clubhouse on the web and invite you to check out all our club has to offer. Look around and I am confident you will see how much we have and how much fun we have while doing it! Please contact me with any ideas you may have for rides and events or any question you have about our club.

Bob "Gator" Daigle
Vice-President
I have been a member of the BMWMOAL since 2007 and along with my wife Wanda have participated in a lot of the club functions including meetings and the “Chicken” Rally. I bought my first BMW in 2003 but have owned several different motorcycles over the years with the first one being a Simlpex when I was in high school.

Pam Werstler
Secretary
In 1984 when I met my husband, Tom, he told me about his motorcycle and our first date was a motorcycle ride to Guntersville State Park. I had riden motorcyles a little before but not since I was a teenager, so I was a little concerned. He soon proved that he could handle himself and we have been riding ever since.

I like to carry a camera or two while riding and take photos along the way…you never know what might pop up. I especially like to shoot old barns.


Tommy Arnold
Treasurer
Tommy also joined the club with his wife, Jeannine in 2004. Tommy talks low and fast and has a most devious side to him. All playful and in fun, but if you ever wonder who pulled the latest stunt on someone, and nobody seems to know who did it... my bet is you can go stare down Tommy and he'll confess in a heartbeat. The man just can't keep his own secrets. Tommy has played host, along with his wife Jeannine, to several of our best meeting weekends and his BBQ is hands down, the best I think we've ever had. Tommy rides to meetings and also rides on a lot of the off meeting rides that our Travel Director holds.

Rodger Williamson
Rally Chairman
I served in the US Army from 1985-2009, and as a Soldier I took both the Army Motorcycle Operators Course and the MSF Motorcycle Safety Course in 1987. Military requirements for riding a motorcycle on Post instilled a life long habit of rider safety. Upon my retirement, I became a member of the AMA, the BMWMOA and the BMWRA, and I became very actively involved with the BMWMOAL. Now in my 31st year as a motorcyclist, I am running an average of 15,000 miles a year on my bike, and I am thoroughly enjoying every single one of them!

Jim Kalahan
Safety Director
I joined the club at my first meeting at Little River in 2007. I started riding motorcycles in 1967 and then stopped in 1976. The passion was rekindled in 2003. I got my first Beemer in 2006. It was an R1150R. Then went to the R1150GS I now have and also a G650 X Challenge. I love the ability to be able to ride all different types of terrain and get "off road" and in the dirt. I hope to either see you at one of our monthly meetings or out on the road enjoying the scenery of this beautiful country we live in.

Brian Hinton
Travel / Media director
My name is Brian Hinton, a musician by trade from 1993 to 2003. I have now moved into boutique guitar sales in 2005 with my store Elite Music Sales and continue to play gigs throughout the year. I started riding BMW motorcycles in 2005 and immediately became very passionate about the brand. I currently own a 1987 K75T, 2007 K1200GT, 2007 R1200R, and a brand new 2016 R1200GS. I have two wonderful boys ages 10 and 13, and my oldest loves riding with me and wants to get into the motorcycle world himself. I ride as much as I can and put about 20K - 30K miles on per year. Let’s get together and have great fellowship and do some riding!

Rodger Williamson
Information Director
I served in the US Army from 1985-2009, and as a Soldier I took both the Army Motorcycle Operators Course and the MSF Motorcycle Safety Course in 1987. Military requirements for riding a motorcycle on Post instilled a life long habit of rider safety. Upon my retirement, I became a member of the AMA, the BMWMOA and the BMWRA, and I became very actively involved with the BMWMOAL. Now in my 31st year as a motorcyclist, I am running an average of 15,000 miles a year on my bike, and I am thoroughly enjoying every single one of them!

Paul Bowers
Photography Director
I joined the BMW Motorcycle Owners of Alabama, because I was looking for a group that had a deeply rooted love and knowledge of BMW motorcycles. I didn’t join just to have a few extra riding buddies, I joined so I could learn the technical side of the bike, the history, the good and the bad. I wanted information that would help me gain the knowledge to care of my bike and thus allow me to be a better rider, but more importantly, a safer rider. One of my hobbies is photography and I am very honored to be the Director of Photography. I attend as many meetings as possible, but even when I am away, we have a membership full of very capable photographers to keep our membership and friends up to date with our club’s activities.

Tom Werstler
Photography Director
I bought my first motorcycle, a ‘72 350 Honda, in 1972. I rode it home without ever having driven a motorcyle before and decided maybe I should get my neighbor to teach me to ride! My first BMW was a ’79 R100RT I bought around 1981. I still had that bike when I moved from Ohio to Alabama in 1984.
You will usually see me running around the meetings, rides and rallies with a camera around my neck.

Connie Reaves
Membership Director
Connie has been a licensed motorcycle rider for 37 years and spent several years before that riding in back yards and fields. She got her first BMW in 1992. Her Dad was a BMW enthusiast who encouraged the switch in brands and brought her into the BMW "family". Connie and her Dad made many bike trips together and traveled to 28 states on those trips. Connie is now a 20 year member of the BMW MOAL, BMWMOA, and BMWRA, and a 13 year member of the AMA. Connie first took the office of Membership Director in the Alabama club in 1996 and then President in 1997.